sound and film

Parallax featuring Bhagat Subba, first premiered at Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa Dec. 2019, imagines indigenous narrative in futuristic scenario, where indigenous language, values and sense of belonging not only serve as cultural entity but also inspire scientific endeavours. It imagines a future where indigenous folk tales and shamanic chants will have totally different function with totally different purpose.

This work uses one of the few remaining indigenous scripts in practice today in Nepal. This Yakthung script belongs to my Limbu – also known as Yakthung – indigenous community from eastern Nepal, and the voice is an early 1991 recording from the first music album in Limbu language by Bhagat Subba. It was illegal to record and distribute indigenous music before 1989. Subba often mentions that he was denied to sing in his Limbu language in the national Radio Nepal when he passed his voice test in 1977.

This work also uses sound and images (especially of Sagittarius A*) from NASA’ s archive.




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“Everybody wanted to hear about the places i was going to, for weeks i told the same story again and again. After a while i was not sure if i was about to go or already been there.” . -MIKSAM’s DREAM. . 🔭 Centaurus A or NGC 5128, a fifth brightest object in the sky, is one of the closest radio galaxies to Earth. In its core lies supermassive black hole with a mass equivalent to 55 million solar masses, which ejects jets in radio (shown in orange) and X-ray (shown in blue) wavelengths. . #centaurusA #ngc5128 #radiowaves #xray #wavelengths #galaxy #radiogalaxy #galaxy #art #film #workinprogress #animation #scifi #science #sciencefiction #universe #spaceship #MSA #MisamSpaceAgency #silamsakma #astronomy #storytelling #indigenous #dreams #futurism #cosmos

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Windrush Voices.? . “When thousands took up the invite to come to Britain in the post-war period many made the sacrifice of leaving part of their family behind. Generations later families are still divided across borders, their lives distorted, and unable to reunite or find security due to racist laws of 1968, ‘71 and ‘81 that re-defined ‘British’ to cut out black and brown people. We want a simple but crucial amendment to the Windrush Scheme that would recognize the rights of the descendants and close relatives of that generation to settle here. . This protection was preserved in the laws of 1968/71 for mainly white descendants of British subjects across the commonwealth and colonies whilst being taken away from black and brown descendants. We want to put right that wrong and extend it to close relatives as well as descendants. MFJ is building a political and legal campaign to win this change. We are raising funds and preparing for a class action; we will lobby Lambeth Council’s next meeting (10th October) to demand they support our #WidenWindrush campaign.” Copied from Movement for Justice fb page. . . . Brixton Immigration Right March. . #windrush #windrushgeneration #windrushvoices #nobordersnonations #immigrantsrights #refugeeswelcome #soundrecording #fieldrecording #sound #voices #peopleandprotest #protest #mfj #amnestyforall #brixton #art #soundart

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